Mill Springs Battlefield Special Resource Study
WHAT IS A SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY
New national park units are typically added to the National Park Service (NPS) by an Act of Congress. However, before Congress decides to create a new park or add land to an existing park, it needs to know whether the area meets established criteria for designation as a national park unit. This evaluation is conducted through a special resource study.
The purpose of this special resource study is to gather information about the Mill Springs Battlefield through historical research and public input, and then to report these findings to Congress. The special resource study will evaluate the potential for inclusion of the Mill Springs Battlefield in the national park system based upon whether it meets established criteria for significance, suitability, feasibility, and the need for NPS management. Applying these criteria consistently helps the National Park Service weigh the relative merits of potential park units and to ensure that only those most deserving of designation are included within the national park system. The special resource study may also weigh other management options.
Congress passed Public Law 113-291 on December 19, 2014, which directed the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of "[t]he area encompassed by the National Historic Landmark designation related to the 1862 Battle of Mill Springs located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties in the State of Kentucky." Based on this legislated directive, the National Park Service has initiated the process of analyzing the Mill Springs Battlefield for its potential as a new unit of the national park system. We invite you to participate in this process.
We welcome your participation throughout this process. This website will be updated regularly with information to keep you informed, as well as request feedback as needed. We hope you will continue to be engaged as we move forward with this special resource study. Thank you for your interest!
National Park Service
Welcome to the Mill Springs Battlefield Special Resource Study project website. The National Park Service will use this website to display public information throughout the course of this study. Meeting dates and locations will be posted here, along with a draft special resource study, once the document is ready for public review.